There is a large lattice field theory group at Plymouth University. However, this week, the majority of the group are not in Plymouth, but they are attending lattice 2016 international conference on lattice field theory in Southampton. Every year most of the researchers in lattice field theory meet for a 1 week conference. All the recent developments in the field are discussed. It is a time to meet with friends, collaborators (as well as competitors and sometimes even enemies) from around the world. The conference rotates between Europe, Asia, and the US. After a week long conference of plenary talks and parallel talks and conversations over coffee, some people need a long quiet rest, but many physicists are still actively discussing various intricacies of quantum field theory in a box.
This year Dr. Antonio Rago (Plymouth University) and Prof. Kurt Langfeld (Plymouth University and Liverpool University) are part of the local organizing committee for the conference. Dr. Agostino Patella (CERN, Plymouth) is a member of the international organizing committee. In addition Dr . Nicolas Garron and Francesco Capponi from the CMS are also presenting talks at the conference.
Charlotte spent one of her undergraduate years with us in Plymouth under the Erasmus scheme and then returned last year under Erasmus Plus Traineeship, work with Luciana and Julian on the work that is reported in the poster “Using Statistical Models to Understand Child Eye Development”. Charlotte is now doing a PhD at the University of Padova,
Computer algebra is crucial to many applications in mathematics and science. At Plymouth University the students are taught and can download the Maple computer algebra system from Maplesoft. Computer algebra is also important for research into mathematics. For example, next week, Dr. Daniel Robertz from the CMS at Plymouth is participating in the conference “Applications of Computer Algebra” in Kassel, Germany.
Drs Tom Heinzl and Ben King are just back from speaking at the twenty fifth annual International Laser Physics Workshop (LPHYS’16) in Yerevan, Armenia: http://www.lasphys.com/workshops/lasphys16/program-symposium Their talks were on “Depletion of Strong Fields” and “Beyond Volkov: Solving the Second-Order Klein-Gordon Equation”
During the summer many of the research groups in the CMS have external visitors, who collaborate on research projects. This summer Andrea Baldino is visiting Dr. Julian Stander and other members of the statistics research group. Last year Andrea Baldino visited CMS funded by the Erasmus Plus Traineeship scheme.